Holy cow I have been busy!! I am FINALLY sitting down to update my blog. I am going to try to update it either weekly or biweekly.
Box Tops: Again, our school collects box tops. It's easy money for our school to receive! Please keep a lookout for box tops on things at home and save them. You can save them in a baggie or envelop and have your child bring them in to put in my box top container in the room. We have a competition going on in the school--the homeroom that collects the most box tops will receive a donut party!! Not to brag but my class won the first competition last year :) Hopefully we can have many more brought in by the end of the month. I also told my class that they can ask relatives to save box tops. They can easily be mailed to you if you have relatives that aren't close by. The more we have collected, the more money the school receives.
SS: We are almost finished with chapter 1 in our social studies book. Students will be taking the test NEXT WEEK over all of chapter one. I will have students do a couple reviews and we will review as a class the day before the test. I always tell students that when we grade papers in class they should walk out the door with all the correct answers. If they don't, they were not grading their work correctly.
Interactive notebooks: I am diving into interactive notebooks this year and I am already LOVING them!! They are a break from the day to day information that can get a little mundane. I am doing an interactive notebook for social studies and reading/writing. Have your child show it to you--I have heard awesome feedback from the kids about these.
Absences: If your child is absent for a couple days, please request work through the ATTENDANCE OFFICE. Ms. Kitzmiller sends an email to all of your child's teachers and reserves a slot in the office for all the work to be collected. You can come pick that work up for your child so he/she does not fall behind in their classes. Also, Mrs. Wood and I have an absent document, where I write what we did in each class. I highlight any papers that were passed out (students must get these themselves from my absent) and I note what the homework is for that evening. Remember, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO GET THIS WORK TURNED IN!!!
No names: For some reason, putting names on papers is difficult in 6th grade. I have created a "No Name" sign in my room with clothespins. If there is a paper turned in without a name, I write the hour it was turned in and the date I clip it on the sign. If the paper is not claimed in 2 days, I recycle it.
HAC: I do not know usernames and passwords for HAC. Please stay updated with HAC and email any of your child's teachers if you have a question. A couple reminders: U=assignment was not turned in, X=student is exempt from the assignment, 0=student earned zero points for the assignment.
Late work: If work is turned in late to me, I grade it as I have time and update HAC once it is graded. I do not grade late work right when it is turned in--I have too many things to grade each day.
Test Retakes: If a student receives a grade lower than a 70% on a test, I offer test retakes before school only. I am at school by 6:45 daily. I will have my room open for students I have offered retakes to starting at 6:45 and will close my door at 7:00. If your child is retaking a test and gets to my room after 7:00, they will not be able to retake the test. If they finish the test before 7:00, I will send them down to the cafeteria to wait until students are released to their classrooms at 7:00.
Math lab: This year, we have math lab during 4th hour. Students can either get a pass from their math teacher or their homeroom teacher to go to math lab. They will be down there for help with their math work from a teacher. It is a great place for kids to go for some extra help!!
Class Dojo: I hope you are enjoying Dojo as much as we are!! I am glad parents have been messaging me asking questions about their child. Sometimes it's easier to send a message through the app than it is to compose an email to me. Remember: if a student receives 5 negative marks in Dojo in a week, they will receive a regular penalty hall (see below). If they receive 10 in one month, they will either be referred for a Friday Penalty Hall, or be given ZAP school, depending on what the marks were for.
7:00 PM: I do not respond to emails after 7:00 PM! If you or your child emails me after 7:00 PM, I will either email them back the next day or speak to them in class.
ZAP School: ZAP stands for Zeros Aren't Permitted. Mr. Hurley is big on students not receiving zeros in the gradebook. If you or your child's teacher are noticing a lot of zeros or assignments not turned in, they will be given a ZAP school. This is to help the students out. Teachers and students will compile their missing assignments and they will have the opportunity to stay after school on a Friday to complete this work. There is always a teacher running ZAP school. Please take advantage of this!!
Friday Penalty Hall: For a Friday penalty hall, students must be referred to Mr. Hurley (principal), Mrs. Johnson (assistant principal), or Mrs. Green (assistant principal). Teachers cannot give FPH, an administrator will review the reasons the student is referred and will go from there.
Penalty Hall: Penalty hall is served on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 PM. Penalty hall is a time for students to work on homework or read SILENTLY. There is no talking permitted during penalty hall!
8th Hour: This is pretty much FREE tutoring for students by teachers!! Your child is more than welcome to go to 8th hour (called 8th hour because we used to have 7 periods a day and this is an hour after school--the name hasn't been changed to reflect our 6 period schedule) to get help on their work. There is more than one teacher there to help students. Please just let one of us know if you want your child to attend!!